RE: Grubs

firefighterjake Posted By firefighterjake, Jul 28, 2018 at 3:53 PM

  1. firefighterjake

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    So my lawn is not one of these things I obsess over with fertilizers and thatching and making stripes in it . . . but I do have grubs turning my mowed weed patch into a desert.

    I dislike using chemicals . . . mainly due to philosophical and environmental reasons . . . was wondering if anyone has used nematodes or milk spores to effectively kill off the grubs.
     
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  2. peakbagger

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    Milky spore will work but its not a quick kill. It takes awhile and most people are unwilling to wait. BTW keep any eye out for skunks as they love to dig for grubs.
     
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  3. EatenByLimestone

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    Yeah, skunks will do it for you! Nematodes, if you buy the right kind, are supposed to work fairly quick. Never had to use them though.
     
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  4. firefighterjake

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    Skunks digging up the lawn is what gave it away . . . I like to think they're helping me, but they're not digging them up fast enough. Maybe I can find more skunks and not resort to using the milky spore or nematodes . . . anyone know where to find some skunks for sale? ;)
     
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  5. EatenByLimestone

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    Call your local wildlife control company and suggest they can release them in your yard. They can probably help you out for free. Lol
     
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  6. Ashful

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    Allectus, usually sold as a combo product with fertilizer, and applied in June. You’re a bit late to prevent damage, I’ve never looked into it’s efficacy as a post-damage solution. Big plus, it also controls ticks.

    It’s hard to kill hardy pests “organically.”
     
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    ROFL,.... that's got to make the top ten on "what to do to people you hate". ;lol
     
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    Where can one buy Allectus? I’ve never heard of it.
     
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  9. heat seeker

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    Try Congress...
     
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  10. Ashful

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    Any place that sells product to turf farms and golf courses. If you have a golf course in your corner of your state, call their grounds folks and ask them where they buy their fertilizer products. Remember, these guys work early... pre-dawn until the course opens for the day.

    Or, work thru the manufacturer, they should know who’s distributing their product in your neighborhood:

    http://www.fmcprosolutions.com/LawnCare/Products/Insecticides/Allectusinsecticide.aspx

    Or, find an equivalent alternative. Mallet is very popular, but the two have different strengths / weaknesses, do your reading:

    https://www.hjefertilizer.com/all-products/professional/insect-control/mallet-lambda-professional-insect-control

    Around here (SE PA), Lebanon Turf is the big supplier of such products. They mix these insecticides with various fertilizer products, so you can broadcast it in a typical granular spreader (versus spraying), and fertilize while killing the grubs.

    You can also buy insecticide+fertilizer products at home stores, Lowes Depot, etc. They’re just not very good, they mix those products way down, to help prevent boneheaded homeowners from burning their lawn or turning their well. If you can do some basic math and measure, you should be able to figure this out. Measure off one quarter acre of clear ground on your property (or 1000 to 5000 sq.ft. on a small property), as your starting point, so you can meter how much you’re using before you do the entire property.

    In PA, it is legal for us to buy pro product for use on our own property. Licensing is only required if you are buying this product to put on other property, as in a landscape business.
     
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  11. sportbikerider78

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    I would soak the lawn in about 50 gallons of diesel and light it on fire. Grubs will die over time.

    Don't forget to have your mother in law over and mumble to yourself something about being "master of your universe" while drinking a beer as the fire burns.

    As a side bonus, no lawn to mow!
     
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    FEATHER friends esp guineas Feather girls can be so grateful for a good home. free range w supervision train your canines or cats to buddy up.
    no matter what others say they enjoy sitting on lap and hugging and rocking. no slide remarks . remember the movie TW Zone " To Serve MAN"
    oh a a good goose like honk HONK was can be your best BUDDY. He will even race you up the hill
    and be upset when you drive away thinking he's going to be abandoned again. RIP HONK HONK
    MAY THE AH that did you in choke to death prob a GH owl.
     
  13. fbelec

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    beneficial nematodes works awsum. comes dry you put it in a hose sprayer and water the lawn thats it. not sure if it will work in time but will start and next year even better without applying. do it every other year
     
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